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DEC regulations label wind project impacts 'intolerable'

Let's be perfectly clear. The only way to "mitigate" problems associated with industrial wind turbines is to make sure the projects do not go up within residential areas in the first place. As reported in a recent Daily News letter ("Think big on wind energy" by David Bassett, May 20, 2009) , the U.S. Department of Energy admitted when these immense machines were being developed that they were intended for placement in the remote, unpopulated areas of the Midwest, and offshore -- not amongst rural/residential areas like that of WNY.

On Aug. 10 there will be another public hearing on Horizon's proposed industrial wind project in the Town of Perry. This time it is to assess Horizon's Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS).

Horizon claims it has "mitigated" the impacts of the Dairy Hills project because it has reduced the number of proposed turbines from 80 to 38. The reality, however, is that the impacts remain the same for those stuck living within the footprint of the proposed project, while all NYS residents will still be footing the bill for this poster child of corporate welfare.

One of Horizon's most ridiculous SDEIS claims is that "All area residences are well outside of the 6 dBA cumulative increase threshold suggested by the NYS DEC guideline." Talk about "spin"! This is just plain false!

Independent noise expert Rick Bolton testified at a public meeting here in Perry that our rural country settings currently enjoy extremely quiet night-time noise levels of approximately 25 dBA. The proposed 50 dBA level doubles our current ambient noise levels.

The NYS DEC clearly states in its "Assessing and Mitigating Noise Impacts" report, that an increase of 20 dBA will be "Intolerable."... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

On Aug. 10 there will be another public hearing on Horizon's proposed industrial wind project in the Town of Perry. This time it is to assess Horizon's Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS).

Horizon claims it has "mitigated" the impacts of the Dairy Hills project because it has reduced the number of proposed turbines from 80 to 38. The reality, however, is that the impacts remain the same for those stuck living within the footprint of the proposed project, while all NYS residents will still be footing the bill for this poster child of corporate welfare.

One of Horizon's most ridiculous SDEIS claims is that "All area residences are well outside of the 6 dBA cumulative increase threshold suggested by the NYS DEC guideline." Talk about "spin"! This is just plain false!

Independent noise expert Rick Bolton testified at a public meeting here in Perry that our rural country settings currently enjoy extremely quiet night-time noise levels of approximately 25 dBA. The proposed 50 dBA level doubles our current ambient noise levels.

The NYS DEC clearly states in its "Assessing and Mitigating Noise Impacts" report, that an increase of 20 dBA will be "Intolerable." Furthermore, the DEC Noise Guidelines make no consideration for low-frequency noise, known as "infrasound." Retired PSC Noise Engineer for Power Projects Dan Driscoll testified that "infrasound" is the problem with these industrial wind installations.

In nearby Sheldon, independent noise expert Rick James recently tested a resident's home who lives in the same proximity to the project as is being proposed here in Perry. Sound levels within the home registered at 71 dBA. Former industrial wind supporter in Cohocton, Town Justice Hal Graham, stated in a recent article that sound levels on the way to his mailbox are 100 dBA.

With these kinds of testimonies increasingly coming in from residents already stuck living near these projects, why would anyone believe Horizon's self-serving report?

Let's be perfectly clear. The only way to "mitigate" problems associated with industrial wind turbines is to make sure the projects do not go up within residential areas in the first place.

As reported in a recent Daily News letter ("Think big on wind energy" by David Bassett, May 20, 2009) , the U.S. Department of Energy admitted when these immense machines were being developed that they were intended for placement in the remote, unpopulated areas of the Midwest, and offshore -- not amongst rural/residential areas like that of WNY.

The crux of the problem with industrial wind remains the same: It is the very businessmen and investment banks who stand to make "obscene" profits at all taxpayers' and ratepayers' expense who claim wind power will reduce CO2 emissions and thereby reduce global warming. To date however, the wind industry and its promoters have not been able to substantiate their financially-motivated claims with any proof.

Thomas Hewson Jr. and David Pressman of Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. distilled the issue perfectly in their July 2009 Power Engineering article, "Calculating Wind Power's Environmental Benefits," when they wrote, "Wind's unpredictability means it truly has no generating capacity value, and its construction will not displace building any new coal or natural gas generating capacity.

Grid reserve margins require wind back up, and the inefficiency of quickly firing up a natural gas unit to meet erratic wind generation output means any emissions displacement is minimal. Wind is simply an additional capital cost which proves to be more than twice as expensive for the ratepayer."

When the only goal becomes the pursuit of a few bucks, and is considered more important than the health, safety, and quality of life of our friends and neighbors, we all lose as we stand by and allow our moral and ethical principles to be erased by greed. NYS taxpayers and ratepayers must stand up and speak out before further economic, environmental, health and cultural devastation is wrought on our fellow citizens and NYS landscapes -- all for naught!

Come to the Perry public hearing at the Perry Public High School at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10. Tell our elected officials that we are tired of being bullied and lied to by mega-corporations in pursuit of their bottom line. The health, safety, and quality of life of our fellow residents is not for sale.


Source: http://thedailynewsonline.c...

JUL 30 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/21498-dec-regulations-label-wind-project-impacts-intolerable
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